The Andes of Ecuador

Mountain bike tour Ecuador: deserts, forests and volcanoes

Ecuador is a mountain biker’s paradise and you’ll find a feast for the senses at every turn of the pedal: from the immense grandeur of the Andes, to the depths of a tropical cloud forest, and the slopes of one of the world’s highest active volcanoes.

There’s never a dull moment on this South American mountain bike tour in Ecuador!

  • Skill level: Advanced
  • Fitness level: 6/7
  • 9 nights / 10 days
  • £2,520 / $3,402 / €3,024
  • Max. group size: 10

We had a blast riding with Thomas Vanderham and Scotty Laughland in Ecuador in 2019. Have a look through the image gallery to get a feel for the fabulous trails, people and landscapes of this amazing South American country, and see more in our photo diary

“This was my third H+I adventure and it was the best yet. Despite the fact that some of the riding was a bit above my skill level, I enjoyed every minute of it. As always, all the details were figured out by the team at H+I and I just had to show up and enjoy.” Julie B., USA

Trip highlights

As well as mountain biking in a huge range of different landscapes and eco-systems, here are some other special moments you can look forward to in Ecuador:

  • Exploring Quito, the world’s first UNESCO Heritage Site
  • Meeting local artisans at Otavolo market
  • Swapping bikes for horses + being a chagra for the day
  • Visiting a local re-forestation project
  • Staying in a working hacienda in the shadow of Cotopaxi
  • Trying delicious local dishes

Tour Dates 2023

  • 26 Nov – 5 Dec (8 PLACES)

Tour Dates 2024

  • 13 – 22 June
  • 13 – 22 November

Private groups

Travelling as a group of friends or family? Contact us to create your own private trip.

Is this mountain bike tour Ecuador for you?

We want you to have the best experience in Ecuador, so it’s important to be sure that this is the perfect mountain bike tour, with the right level of challenge, for you.

You’re a very experienced mountain biker, riding at least three times a week through the season and comfortable on: steep, fast singletrack descents; technical rock chutes; loose volcanic ash; muddy, jungle-style singletrack; and sandy trails. Read more on our advanced skill level.

Mountain Bike Tour Ecuador Itinerary

The itinerary for our 10-day mountain bike tour Ecuador has been designed so that we gain altitude very gradually, allowing your body to acclimatise before gaining further height, thus minimising the potential for altitude sickness.

+Arrival in Quito - refresh + prepare for your adventure
If you’re travelling a long way or across several time zones to Ecuador then we recommend arriving a day or two early to allow your body to adjust and to make sure any flight or luggage delays don’t spoil your trip. With the high altitude of Quito any additional time to acclimatise will be helpful.
+Day 1 - Group meet-up in Quito + welcome briefing
On the first day of your mountain bike tour Ecuador your guide will meet you at your hotel in Quito. They will help you to assemble bikes or fit your rental bike, before taking you into the Old Town to explore the sights, sounds and smells of this historic city high up in the Andes.

We’ll explore the old colonial part of Quito, the first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site and you’ll feel like you have landed straight into a National Geographic magazine shoot. We will also endeavour to visit a selection of local craft markets and artisans to help you get more deeply embedded into this amazing culture.

Accommodation: Small hotel in Quito

+Day 2 - Parque Metropolitano Quito

You will start your mountain bike tour Ecuador with some great morning riding around Quito. It will see you weaving through winding and narrow singletrack that will give you a taste of what’s to come, warm you up nicely and continue your acclimatisation in preparation for riding high in the Andes.

We will then transfer across town, picking up a traditional Ecuadorian lunch on the way. This afternoon’s trail will raise the bar slightly from this morning, as your legs will be starting to feel like they belong to you and you will be dialled into your bike.

You will be dropped at a high point in the Lumbisi area of the city where you will embark on some secret local trails built by your guide, that will weave through villages en-route to the valley floor. Dinner tonight will be in a guide’s favourite near your hotel in Quito.

Distance cycled: 18km (app. 3 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel in Quito
Meals included: B, L

+Day 3 - Infernillo
Today you will leave central Quito behind and head North to Infernillo, or “Little Hell”. Luckily it’s not as bad as it sounds, and once there we will set off on a fantastic singletrack descent into the large, dominating mouth of the Pululahua volcano.

After an hour or so of descending we traverse singletrack until Puluahua spits us out on to el Pondoña trail, then on to the moon trail. These ancient, deep, rutted trails, have been hewn into the earth’s surface after thousands of years’ worth of footsteps, and now they are a delight for us lucky mountain bikers.

In total today you will descend from 2,800m high in the Andes, through spectacular cloud forest down to around 1,500m at the foot of the trail. Once we bottom out we have a bit of climbing to do to reach our support crew. It’s not a long climb, but you will feel the effects of riding at altitude today!

On the way back to your accommodation we will visit the ‘Middle of the World’ monument, where we can put one foot in each hemisphere, a must-have picture from Ecuador. Once you’ve finished playing around the Equator we will transfer (app. two hours) to the Ibarra region, where you will rest your head in an old working hacienda for the next two nights.

Distance cycled: 26km (app. 4 hours)
Accommodation: Working hacienda, Ibarra
Meals included: B, L

+Day 4 - Chota 2500

We will spend the next two days riding in the valley of the Chota River in the Imbabura region of northern Ecuador.  The native people of the Chota valley are of African descent, having been brought to Ecuador as slaves for the sugar plantations during the Colonial period.

This region is dry, dusty and known for its thermal pools, which makes for some great riding conditions and post-ride treat. We’ll start off by riding the Chota 2500 from Ibarra to el Chota, descending from 2,600m to 1,600m through incredible Andean desert ecosystems filled with cacti (don’t forget spare tubes!).

As we arrive at the bottom of this, mostly downhill, 4 to 5 hours ride, smiling from ear-to-ear and covered in dust, we will venture across the road to our awaiting hot pool and a chance to soak away the day’s dirt.

Distance cycled: 19km (app. 5 hours)
Accommodation: Working hacienda, Ibarra
Meals included: B, L

+Day 5 - Chota 5000

Our second ride in the El Chota region starts with a one-and-a-half-hour climb, for which you’ll be rewarded with a three-hour descent; something characteristic of our mountain biking tour in Ecuador! As you reach the top of the main climb you will pass through a small Andean farming village and from there it’s downhill and big smiles all the way.

After a delicious Ecuadorian lunch we’ll drive to our accommodation for the next two nights at Hacienda El Porvenir, in the shadow of one of the world’s largest active volcanoes, Cotopaxi. On the way to our hacienda we’ll stop at the world-famous Otavolo market, one of the most important indigenous markets in the Andes selling some of the most sought-after Ecuadorian artisan crafts.

Upon arrival at El Porvenir we will be warmly greeted by the staff who will look after you for the following nights, and in no time you’ll be settled in front of the log fire with a warm canelazo.

Distance cycled: 14km (app. 4 hours)
Accommodation: Working hacienda, Cotopaxi
Meals included: B, L

+Day 6 - Downhill Day and a taste of Chagra life

Today you’ll ride three awesome downhill trails on the slopes of Cotopaxi. The terrain is very steep and consists of volcanic ash, petrified lava, big boulders and sand. The trails descend from 4,600m to 3,900m, and you’ll feel the benefit of the previous days’ acclimatisation to make the most of this truly unique trail in Ecuador.

In the afternoon you will have an opportunity to rest the legs and experience the life of the Chagras, Andean cowboys, with a ride on horseback to the slopes of Ruminahui. You’ll also have time to read, take stock and enjoy the tranquility of your mountain retreat. We will once again meet up in the dining room to sample further home cooked cuisine and enjoy another glass of wine.

Distance cycled: 15km (app. 3 hours)
Accommodation: Working hacienda, Cotopaxi
Meals included: B, L

+Day 7 - El Tambo Trail

Today we will leave El Porvenir behind, but don’t despair, we will be back in 36 hours after our ride to El Tambo Hacienda; for now we are going off grid… Today’s ride will cover 40km with an average altitude of 3800m, but it’s definitely worth the effort!

We’ll bike along the eastern side of Cotopaxi National Park, taking in Inca ruins, fresh water springs and Andean lakes along the way, until we reach El Tambo trail. This is an 18km trail exclusively for mountain bikers and boasts some of the best views in the area. We’ll take a break at a particularly panoramic spot and enjoy our packed lunch.

Our destination for today is our next fabulous accommodation, El Tambo Hacienda, where we will be welcomed with a hot shower and drink next to a crackling fire place, followed by a mouth-watering dinner or BBQ under the stars.

Distance cycled: 40km (app 5 – 6 hours)
Accommodation: Working hacienda, El Tambo
Meals included: B, L

+Day 8 - Road of the Lahars

We’ll rise early and enjoy another delicious hacienda breakfast before starting on our route back to civilisation. The first 20km tends towards the uphill and you’ll dig in for some short climbing sections. Once we reach El Encañonado, the trail flows downhill and you can roll your bike easily without too much physical effort!

At the end of this descent we’ll have lunch, then start with another climb to El Canal trail, a flat route following irrigation channels. The views here are superb, and as we pedal back to Hacienda El Porvenir we’ll pass by the beautiful Limpiopungo Lake.

On arriving back at El Porvenir we will enjoy a refreshing hot shower at our home-from-home. We’ll have a few drinks and another fabulous dinner, before hitting the hay feeling thoroughly satisfied.

Distance cycled: 45km (app. 7 hours)
Accommodation: Working hacienda, Cotopaxi
Meals included: B, L

+Day 9 - Quilotoa Lagoon Ride

Today we depart early in the morning from your accommodation in the stunning El Porvenir and drive towards one of the most impressive natural locations in Ecuador, Quilotoa Lagoon. When we get to the Lagoon we will start our ride on the rim of the volcanic crater, navigating our way along the steep sided ridge, before descending towards the Palo Alto community.

The riding is on beautiful singletrack, that will see you weaving around the crop fields of the local communities, trails linking villages and natural river beds. En-route back to El Porvenir we’ll stop off for a second ride, 100% descent on a flowing technical trail that will lead us to waiting beers. As this is our last night together we’ll have a celebratory dinner in front of the fire in El Porvenir.

Distance cycled: 18km (app. 4 hours)
Accommodation: Working hacienda, Cotopaxi
Meals included: B, L, D

+Day 10 - Departure

Sadly this is our last morning together but we’ll transfer you back to Quito airport, where we will say farewell to new friends and to Ecuador.

Meals included: Breakfast

Please note: Our mountain bike tour Ecuador is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in the Andes of Ecuador and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience.

+Tour Price

Mountain Bike tour Ecuador Price

£2,520 GBP / $3,402 USD / €3,024 EUR per person (ex. flights, based on two sharing a room)

Price includes:

  • Services of fully-qualified, English speaking expert mountain bike guide(s) for the duration of the trip
  • All breakfasts and lunches and dinner on the final night – you should budget $50USD per day for other meals and drinks
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Entrance fees to historical/cultural sites and national parks
  • Back-up vehicles for the duration of the trip
  • All group safety equipment
  • Airport/ H+I recommended hotel pick-up on day 1 and drop-off on day 10 of tour (specified times apply)
  • Global Rescue emergency evacuation services

Price excludes

  • International/ domestic flights
  • All dinners except final night
  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Bike hire – we can arrange bike rental for you at a cost of £775/ $1,047/ €930
  • Tips in restaurants and hotels
  • Single supplement:* £650 / $878 / €780
  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
  • Any other items not listed as included

*Single supplement is only applicable if you are travelling solo and do not wish to share a room with another rider of the same sex. If you’re happy to do that, you need not add the supplement.

H+I Adventures is bonded by the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), so you can be sure that when you book with us your money will be safe.

+Skill + fitness levels required

Does this sound like you? Your vacation time is precious and we want to be absolutely sure that you’re making the most of it, by finding the perfect adventure for you. Be honest with yourself, if this adventure isn’t right for you, we have other tours that may well be a better fit for your mountain biking experience and ability.

Please note: The skill level required reflects an overall rating for the trails on the trip but you should expect to find sections and obstacles that push your ability levels.

Skill level: Advanced

  • You are very confident handling most types of riding and obstacles, including drops (up to 1 foot), rocks, logs, switchbacks, larger rock gardens and sustained technical singletrack
  • You can brake, use gears and corner instinctively
  • You have excellent bike handling skills and can lift front and rear wheels, do small jumps, corner, climb and descend steep trails
  • You have considerable experience of riding on a wide variety of technical terrains including: rocky, rooty, muddy, loose, fast singletrack, exposed trails, bedrock for extended periods
  • You ride at least three times a week and rarely get off and walk sections
  • You can climb and descend comfortably on technical singletrack for as long as required

Fitness level: 6/7

  • You have an excellent level of bike fitness, exercising four or five times every week throughout the year, for at least an hour at a time
  • You are comfortable mountain biking up to six hours a day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops, for four or more consecutive days
  • You can tackle several serious climbs a day, up to 600 metres each

Typical trails you’ll be riding

  • The trails on our mountain bike tour Ecuador are natural ‘rustic’ ancient walking paths of varying trail surface, that will require you to choose your own riding line and decide if it is suitable to ride
  • Double track: undulating and sometimes steep jeep tracks made up of a hard-packed and loose dirt surface
  • Singletrack: you will encounter up to head-sized, fixed and loose rocks, as well as fixed bedrock style trails, deep channels, channels and volcanic ash sections
  • The surface may be dry and loose, or wet and muddy depending on weather conditions
  • Trails in the forest will have roots crossing them and may be narrow through the trees
  • You will be riding at some very high altitudes – it is the Andes! – but the itinerary has been designed to allow you to acclimatise. We also have some handy tips for riding at high altitudes

+Arrival + departure details

Your mountain bike tour Ecuador will start and end in Quito.

We advise arriving in Quito a day or two before the tour start date, to adjust to local time and start acclimatising to the altitude. If you are arriving prior to the tour start date, your guide will meet you at your H+I recommended hotel in Quito Old Town on day 1 of your adventure.

We have created this handy guide to spending 24 hours in Quito before the start of your mountain bike tour Ecuador. On the last day of your adventure we will transfer you back to Quito airport for your flight home, and would ask you to book your return flight departing no earlier than 2pm on the last day.

+Travelling to Ecuador

Quito airport is well-served by major airlines from all over the world.

If you’re flying from the UK or Europe KLM have a direct flight from Amsterdam to Quito, which is very handy! For up-to-date timetables and booking visit:;;; You must book your bike on to your flight in advance, otherwise you could face a heavy charge at the airport.

Here are some handy tips and video on how to pack your bike for travel.


You do not need a visa to visit Ecuador for up to 90 days, you just need a passport that is valid for at least six months after your return from Ecuador.

+Preparing yourself + your bike for the trip

Please read the full kit list before you start packing for your mountain bike tour in Ecuador, so that you have everything you need!

Our mountain bike tour Ecuador is for advanced mountain bikers with level 4 fitness. The ideal bike for your mountain bike tour Ecuador is a good quality full-suspension mountain bike with around 150mm of travel. To get the most out of your mountain bike tour Ecuador you should do plenty of training in advance of your tour, and we have put together this great training plan to help you on your way. It is essential that, if you’re bringing your own bike, you ensure that it has been professionally serviced, including all suspension, before the trip.

If you would prefer we can arrange rental of a good quality full suspension mountain bike (Ibis Mojo carbon or similar, depending on size required and availability) for you, and have the bike ready for your arrival.

We will be riding at high altitudes on our mountain bike tour Ecuador, and if you have never experienced mountain biking at altitude before you may be interested in some useful advice on how to cope with the effects of altitude.

+Your mountain bike guides in Ecuador

Our local mountain bike guides in Ecuador are professional and experts at guiding bikers on their local trails.

They are qualified in first-aid, and have the knowledge and experience to lead a group safely in these remote, wild parts of Ecuador. Our mountain bike guides have years of experience in the saddle on the Ecuadorian trails and will enhance your holiday with facts and fables on local history, flora and fauna.

They’re also genuinely nice people and will go the extra mile to make sure that everyone has an unforgettable experience on our mountain bike tour Ecuador.

+Accommodation + Food

One of the things that set our holidays apart from other mountain bike tour Ecuador is the quality of the accommodation we use. We understand that when you’ve had a big day in
 the saddle, you want a warm welcome, wash and a comfortable place to relax and unwind – because that’s exactly what we’re looking for too.

This is why we only work with accommodation providers across Ecuador whose standards of service match our own high expectations.

During your time in Ecuador you will be staying in a wide variety of accommodation from a large hotel in Quito to traditional hill cottages (haciendas).

+Health + Safety

  • No vaccinations are required for visiting Ecuador
  • Ecuador is generally a very safe country in which 
to travel. It is, however, wise to keep an eye on 
valuables as you travel through towns and cities
  • You cannot drink water from the rivers on our tours, 
nor the tap water. Bottled water is widely available
  • Our guides are fully-trained first-aiders

You should always consult your own doctor or physician before travelling to new countries to seek their advice on matters concerning your health abroad. Your health and safety is on tour our top priority so when you travel with us you also have the peace of mind knowing that you will be covered by Global Rescue emergency medical and evacuation services.

+Currency + Foreign Exchange

The official currency of Ecuador is US Dollars. Money can be exchanged at any of the banks and money exchange kiosks in major cities or tourist areas. ATMs are accessible in the larger cities in Ecuador. Major credit cards such as Mastercard and Visa are accepted at large hotels, shops, and restaurants in larger cities and in some rural hotels. Keep in mind that the further from civilisation you go, the less likely you’ll be able to exchange or withdraw money from an ATM, so carry cash when you go into the wilderness. American Express Travellers Cheques are widely accepted at most major banks and money kiosks.


It is not compulsory to tip your waiting staff or guides in Ecuador, however if you feel you have received good service and have enjoyed your trip you can tip at your discretion: 10% – 15% of the cost of your meal, or your holiday price (for one person), as appropriate.

+Holiday Insurance

You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. In this policy you must include cover for mountain biking and we recommend that you take out a policy which covers cancellation and baggage.

We work closely with WorldNomads whose policies are specially designed for mountain bike holidays and you can arrange your insurance cover directly with them.

Please note: Our mountain bike tour Ecuador is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in the Andes of Ecuador and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience.

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 by Matt Rondina
An Exceptional Ecuadorian Experience

This is my third trip with H+I and, just like the others, it was exceptional in every way. The moment we landed in Quito we had friendly and convenient transportation waiting that brought us to a beautiful, modern hotel in the heart of Quito. José, our guide, was not only incredibly knowledgeable about the trails, culture, and history of Ecuador, he also shared with us tips that helped us all ride safely and improve our skills on the mountain bike. José was also very patient and accommodating, ensuring that everything we needed was provided. While he does not readily talk about it, José is also a mountain bike champ and following him down trails was incredibly fun.

The haciendas and hotels H+I organized for us along the way were incredible. Each was unique, and all were very comfortable, safe, and conveniently located along our route. The food was amazing!! Meals often used locally grown and sourced foods to create exquisitely prepared and presented dishes that were not only delicious, but also gave us a chance to sample both traditional and more modern recipes.

The biking was absolutely stunning; unlike anything I have ever ridden. From lush forested tracks to higher alpine riding in the highlands, the terrain, landscape, and trails were amazing. José ensured we had the chance to ride purpose-built single track that flowed through forested ravines, volcanic rock, and high desert tracks. Each ride was accompanied by a capable support vehicle and highly-skilled driver carrying our gear, as well as plenty of water and food.

In sum, another 5-star trip with H+I. I'm already thinking of my next trip, which I am sure will be every bit as exceptional as the three I have done thus far. Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to make this experience so incredible.

 by Morgan Hall
Ecuador and so much more

I feel like this is a tradition now. Sitting in an airport waiting on a connection and reflecting on the past week or more of our trip and writing a review. No surprise here, Ecuador with H+I was simply amazing.

Jose, our guide, was great. Lots of coaching and tips on tackling the incredibly steep and technical terrain. We just don’t get to ride terrain like this for the most part in the US. The Ecuador trails were a wonderful combination of steep, rocky, loose and tacky options usually all on the same ride. Flowy sections followed by deep ruts that might open into a wide open face of the mountain. These mountains eat brake pads like candy and are perfect for a playful bike with plenty of travel. The elevation is definitely a factor and you will feel even the slightest climb, but the trip builds you up for the 15,000ft high point on Cotopaxi. That said, even the descents can be exhausting, in a good way.

Beyond the trails, Jose has a wealth of knowledge about the flora, fauna, geology and history of Ecuador. Condors, eagles, fox, llamas, wild horses, the list of animals we encountered goes on and on. The landscape is defined by the volcanic nature of the region, yet wears many faces. On the same ride you may find yourself plunging down a volcanic cinder slope and then transition into terrain that can feel like Scotland. I felt like we visited half a dozen different countries just based on the terrain.

The Cotopaxi region is utterly stunning. After several days of overcast, our first morning in Cotopaxi broke clear with a sharp view of the volcano from our room. Wow! Glaciers hanging much like in the Mustang Valley in Nepal, but this singular mountain rising from the highlands in a perfect cone. In every direction is a different volcanic peak to stare at.

The local people were always welcoming and friendly and with Jose and our driver Luis, I always had backup for when my meager Spanish started to fail me. In addition to the locals, the clientele of H+I makes for a really fun trip. Generally like-minded people, flexible to the needs of the day or exploring options, it’s often easier than traveling with long time friends though I leave these trips with new friends every time.

Lastly, the accommodations are first rate. Beautiful Haciendas that you might not even know existed are at your disposal. From a family run place in Ibarra to the primitive Hacienda in Tambo, always comfortable and welcoming. The food was very good, though I would prefer even more local cuisine. Don’t pass up a grilled Pincho de Pollo (marinated chicken on a stick).

All in all, another 5 star trip with excellent riding, logistics and cultural experience.

 by Chris and Colleen Snyder
Ecuador is most Excellent

H+I has done it again. What an amazing time in Ecuador, our fourth H+I adventure. We had the most diverse and spectacular collection of riding adventures. From thick, forested tight single track to wide-open scree surfing on the sides of a volcano, you couldn’t find more varied and challenging riding. It was both visually and culturally one of the most stunning places we have ever gone.

H+I has the best guides! Jose was incredibly supportive and informative. He made the trip that much more special. He puts everyone at ease and was spot-on with recommendations.

The food and lodging were oh so good. From the comfort and character of a family-run hacienda, the luxury of El Porvenir and the surrounding natural beauty and animals of El Tambo, the experiences were unique and super fun. We will have to make our own signature aji now!

As always we had a great crew of fellow riders who were super fun and interesting. We can’t recommend this trip enough!

 by Julie
Amazing Andes

This was my third H+I adventure and it was the best yet. Despite the fact that some of the riding was a bit above my skill level, I enjoyed every minute of it. As always, all the details were figured out by the team at H+I and I just had to show up and enjoy.

This was the smallest group I had experienced so far, and it was perfect. The five of us got along quite well and the riding was paced well so we all stayed together and had plenty of time for photos and enjoying the beauty of Ecuador.

Every area that we rode was so different from the last in terms of the terrain, vegetation, and animal life. We saw condors, eagles, deer, and so many llamas and horses it was impossible not to smile the whole time.

Jose used his weather-god powers to summon perfect weather, with the exception of one very rainy and cold afternoon that was still a fun adventure. The lodges were beautiful and comfortable with excellent food. No need to bring snacks on this trip, as the box lunches were like three meals.

It’s difficult to pick my favorite part of the trip. Each day was packed with activity and I felt like we were exposed to some of the true culture of Ecuador. After a full day of riding (and crashing), I rather enjoyed rolling into a hacienda with a pack of excited, happy, and sweet dogs to pet and get a little love from.

If you enjoy the challenge of technical riding and want to improve your skills, I highly recommend this trip. You will not be disappointed!

 by Geoff Mills
40th birthday adventure in Ecuador!

Completely blown away from start to finish! The sights, culture, people, food, etc... Then we started riding bikes and I cannot even explain how amazing and challenging the terrain is. Our guide Jose and our driver Victor are both awesome and made sure we had the most incredible experience possible.

I can't recommend H+I more. My buddies and I were absolutely speechless on multiple occasions. We are already planning our next trip with H+I, can't wait!!!

 by Cindy Bowick
Ahhh Ecuador 5th H+I Adventure! This is a trip where you get to really embrace the culture and people of Ecuador. José and Andres were great guides and Victor/driver/outstanding utility man. They were all very fun, happy to share their country in all aspects...riding, stopping for local food, markets, and other experiences along the way...the children who love to run to greet chocolate...just sayin’.

José, Andres and Victor care deeply for their country and the environment. On this tour, it is important to relax and go with the flow, things can move at a slower pace, but patience is good because when you start flying down from 15K on deep volcanic may wish for some slow motion so you you can take in every minute before arriving at the bottom wishing to fly back up to do it again!

This trip has a lot of downhill aspects but don’t be fooled...traversing across what seems to be flat is augmented by very high will hear your heart beating :). There were some beautiful views, lovely animals...Alpacas, Llamas and Toros everywhere. I loved the Ecuadorin people. Food was delicious! Once again, made some new fantastic friends, lots of fun and laughter! Loved the horseback riding too even though it was raining!

I got a lovely taste of a country I am not yet finished exploring. Get out there!

 by Jeff

This trip has the perfect balance of challenging terrain and flat out fun. The food and accommodations are first rate. Our guide was the best and enhanced every part of the trip. If flying full speed down the side of a volcano doesn't put a smile on your face then there's something wrong with you.

 by Andy

Simply fantastic! My third trip with the H+I team and once again they more than delivered on every element. The organisation, the accommodation, the food, the guides and most importantly the trails......oh the trails! How long were those descents??? So much fun and so much variation. The scenery was simply stunning and the itinerary allowed perfectly for acclimatisation to the altitude. Phenomenal. Special thanks also to all our guides and driver, you know who you are. What a beautiful country! I will be back.

 by Andreas

An awesome trip in a country of various very beautiful landscapes, great rides - several times very technical 🙂 -, amazing people to meet, good food, full of so many different impressions ... Sooner or later I have to return to that place!

 by Simon Kellam

I can only reiterate what the previous comments have said about this trip. It's a must do trip for any budding mountain biker who's looking for adventure and challenging trails in an amazing country. It will be an experience you will not forget !

 by holger

Amazing trip and perfect trails at the very beautifull country Ecuador. Unbelivable how different the trails are: form jungle trails to sandy trails at desert area, up to Highlands and downhills at the slope of Cotopaxi. Perfect bike trip with lots of culture and gorgeous landscape!!!!

 by stefan neuhauser

megarides...without too long uphills. you will be happy to ride volcanoes and in the jungle.

 by Max Schumann

The Ecuador Trip was just brilliant. One of the best things a mountain biker can do, especially in November.

Trails as diverse as the landscape. And simply just perfect fun. Breathtaking, not only because of the height, but as well because of the amazing sceneries. I absolutely enjoyed every day out there.

The overnights in pretty, traditional Haciendas and good local food complete an excellent trip in the Andes.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for mountain bike tour Ecuador

  • Q. How many people will be in the group?

We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible, and there will generally be between six and ten people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run a trip is four.

  • What’s the age range of people who come on this holiday?

Our mountain bike tour Ecuador caters for a wide age range; typically between 30- and 55-years-old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! As long as you have a good level of physical fitness and good bike handling skills you will enjoy this mountain bike tour no matter what your age.

  • Q. What style of mountain biking vacation is it?

This mountain bike tour Ecuador is a guided mountain bike tour, ideal for advanced mountain bikers. Riding here, amongst the world’s highest active volcanoes, you’ll experience a few tough climbs (largely because of the altitude) and steep, fast descents, as well as some lovely flowing singletrack through a huge diversity of landscapes and eco-systems. Altitude is a factor in this trip and we have some tips for riding at high altitudes and managing the effects of altitude.

  • Q. How far will we be mountain biking each day?

The distances we cover each day range from 15km to 50km, in accordance with the altitude and height gain/ loss on each stage. We will gain height gradually over the course of the trip to ensure that your body becomes accustomed to the increased altitude. Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s mountain biking and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.

  • Q. Do we have to carry all our gear with us?

No, you only need to carry a 20 litre day pack with you whilst riding. We have a support vehicle and driver who will transfer your luggage to your next accommodation each day, and have it ready and waiting for your arrival.

  • Q. What if I come across a section of trail I can’t ride?

Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your mountain bike tour Ecuador. If there is a section that you would prefer not to ride, then you can simply hop off your bike and walk. You won’t be the only one to walk certain sections and it’s not a competition in biking ability; it’s a mountain bike holiday!

  • Q. Who will be guiding us?

Your mountain bike guides are local to this region of Ecuador and experienced professionals who have a real passion for mountain biking and for the culture and landscape of Ecuador. Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip.

  • Q. What sort of accommodation will we be staying in?

On this mountain bike tour Ecuador you’ll spend five nights in traditional working haciendas (ranch) and you will also stay in 3- and 4-star local hotels and guest houses. At the haciendas you’ll have the chance to learn about the reforestation project going on in the area.

  • Q. Which meals are included in the tour price?

All breakfasts and lunches, and the final night dinner are included in the tour price. Other evening meals are at your own expense.

  • Q. What type of mountain bike is best for the trip?

A good quality full suspension mountain bike with 150mm travel front and rear will be ideal for this mountain bike tour Ecuador. The terrain you will be riding is rough in places and you’ll be doing lots of descending throughout the week. We can arrange hire of an Ibis Mojo Carbon bike in Ecuador for the trip. If you wish to bring your own bike (recommended) we have some tips and video on how to pack your bike for travel.

  • Q. What will the weather be like in Ecuador?

The weather during our mountain bike tour Ecuador has many different climates and micro-climates, and in the regions we’ll be visiting on our mountain bike tour temperatures can range from 6C/42F to 25C/77F. It’s likely that you’ll experience bright sunshine, as well as some rain and damp, overcast days, so you should bring plenty of layers and a waterproof jacket with you for riding.

  • Q. What clothes and kit should I bring?

You must make sure that you have plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot, and you should bring a waterproof jacket. You should also bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, padded undershorts, specific shoes for cycling, sun cream, insect spray, and Advil or Ibuprofen. Read the full kit list to find out what you need to pack for your mountain bike tour Ecuador.

  • Q. Can I bring a drone with me?

Unfortunately not. We are working hard to provide each and every customer who rides with us an unparalleled mountain bike experience in every destination we ride. This takes years of experience, riding and planning to get right, and a drone adds a very real danger to the group’s riding experience and health & safety.

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